Staff Inovation Fund

Tower Hamlets Together (THT) values its staff, supporting them to provide high quality whole person care. Recognising that those delivering services understand what works and what doesn’t on the frontline, the Staff Innovation Fund encourages leadership in the workforce to develop new innovative practice.

A fund of £300k was available for proposals to strengthen integration, improve the quality and safety of care, build more robust partnership working, increase the involvement of service users and improve value for money. These had to be delivered in specific teams and locations to demonstrate visible change and be willing to share learning. Forty-nine ideas totaling over £1million were submitted. Following assessment by senior representatives from each THT partner and a carer, 22 projects were supported. A number of these are now underway including:

  • Support Group for parents and carers of people with learning disabilities
  • Embedded pharmacist at the Mission Practice
  • Evaluation of impact of care navigators
  • Interactive whiteboard for a community health team
  • ELFy app to support self-management
  • Biopsychosocial support for children and young people living with haemoglobinopathies
  • Clinical Communities web-based peer support
  • Creating engaged patients at St Paul’s Way
  • Raising awareness about pressure ulcers for staff and patients
  • Transportation support
  • Health promotion through the arts addressing child exploitation
  • Working with young mothers and female patients at the Aberfeldy
  • GROW bringing together Blithedale practice and William Davis primary school
  • Lifestyle matters group for over 55s
  • ‘Café club’ at St Peter’s Health Centre on leg ulcer days
  • Coffee morning and social prescribing at Harford Street
  • 3-D scanner for podiatry
  • Engaging young people and health awareness events for older people at Chrisp Street

Useful contacts
Micahel Keating, Tower Hamlets Together PMO: Michael.keating@towerhamlets.gov.uk